Seal Air Leaks in Your Cincinnati Home and Give Your HVAC System an Assist

by Greg Leisgang on September 18, 2013

Posted in: Energy Savings

caulking gun, sealing air leaks, Cincinnati, OhioAir leaks throughout your Cincinnati area home are the definition of money for nothing. You've paid to heat or cool the air using your HVAC system, but if you have air leaks, you won't enjoy the benefits of a comfortable home even though you're paying for them.

Taking action to seal air leaks in your home is the only way to solve this problem. Here are some tips to get you started.

Diagnosis

Before undertaking a program of air sealing, you need to complete a thorough inspection to locate the leaks. Start with doors and windows — drafts often occur around these areas. Other common culprits include openings in exterior walls, ceilings and floors for ductwork, electrical wiring and plumbing. 

A full inspection can be done as part of a home energy audit, which is a great investment if you want to create a more energy-efficient home.

You should also ensure that your home has sufficient ventilation to provide quality indoor air.

Start Sealing Air Leaks

There are two main methods of sealing: caulking and weatherstripping. Each one relates to different components of the house, but both are vital if you want to boost the effectiveness of your HVAC system.

  • Caulking is typically used around stationary objects like windows and door frames. Use good quality caulk, as cheaper versions are available but won't last as long. Also make sure that the surface being treated is clean and dry. 
  • Weatherstripping is applied to items that move, such as the doors and windows themselves. Weatherstripping is also worth investing in, as applying a premium product correctly will allow the doors and windows to be opened properly and create an effective seal when closed. 

Benefits

Sealing your home will help your HVAC system perform better and enhance comfort levels. As leaks contribute to moisture build-up, you're also protecting your home from mold and mildew problems. 

A professional contractor can use the latest diagnostic tools to make the sealing process as effective as possible. Contact the pros at Tri-County Heating and Cooling. We provide HVAC expertise to Forest Park, Glendale and many other Cincinnati area neighborhoods.

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